Max Patkin v2.0 to retire

A whole article about the San Diego Chicken and not one mention of “The Baseball Bunch?” Johnny Bench must have some powerful lawyers. For 35 years, Ted Giannoulas has jumped and run — and flattened Barney — at ballparks across America, climbing into a feathered costume to go to work as the San Diego Chicken. […]

For Dad

Nothing says “I love you Dad,” like stinky lockers and used carpeting: With only seven days remaining until Father’s Day, Yankees-Steiner Collectibles, the exclusive provider of game-used memorabilia from the original and current Yankee Stadium, introduced a second lot of unique and iconic pieces of baseball history in the “Yankee Stadium Legends” online auction. People […]

The Nats = the 1962 Mets

As we sit around waiting for Manny Acta to be fired, the guys at USA Today point out something I did not realize: Sunday’s loss to the Rays completed a series sweep by Tampa Bay and dropped the Nationals to 16-45, the exact same record the ’62 Mets had after 61 games. Yes, they’re bad, […]

Valentine to the Nats?

That’s the speculation from Jon Heyman anyway: Manny Acta appears to be on his way out as Nationals manager, and while respected ex-big league manager Jim Riggleman reportedly will be installed as the interim manager, team higher-ups also have begun internal discussions about permanent candidates. One of those candidates to replace Acta, according to National […]

“Satchel”

The new Satchel Paige biography sounds really, really good: How fast could Satchel Paige throw a baseball? It’s hard to know because there were no radar guns to measure ball velocity when Leroy Paige, better known as Satchel, became a pitching star of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s. In his discerning, empathetic and hype-free […]

My Morning in Exile

Apologies if I seem a bit distracted today. My daughter, who will start kindergarten in the fall, begins “Safety Town” today, and it has me all nervous and anxious. Not because it means she’s growing up and ever-so-slightly leaving my control and supervision, really, but because I found a page in the printer tray in […]

Two Interviews

I have a really, really hard time talking on the phone. Really, I can’t stand it. I tend to think that it’s because I’m an observer by nature and that without seeing the non-verbal cues people give off I’m lost in a conversation. It’s possible, though, that I just have stunted social skills. Either way, […]

And That Happened

Pirates 6, Tigers 3: The Pirates ain’t the walkingest team you’re ever going to see — in fact they’re one of the worst — so it’s not like Dontrelle Willis was simply outworked by the opposition in giving up eight walks in three and two-thirds. Pittsburgh Penguin forward Bill Guerin threw out the first pitch […]